Ms Vineela Pillay is currently employed by the South African Department of Science & Technology, as the Senior Science & Technology Representative to the EU.
She holds a Masters Degree in Science, and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership, with experience in international relations, the science and technology sector as well as the environmental sector. She has previously managed the portfolio of science and technology bilateral cooperation with countries in Europe & the Gulf as well as in the Americas & Asia regions at the Department of Science & Technology. In engaging with bilateral partners, she negotiated value addition to the South Africa science system, promoting research, exchanges, human capital development as well as policy dialogues in key science, technology and innovation priority areas.
She has also been involved in environmental and sustainable development issues through various roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor in International Sustainable Development and Trade Co-operation at the South African National Department of Environmental Affairs. A large part of the portfolio included engagement with multilateral environmental agreements. She also has experience in national level environmental planning, having worked with the various tiers of Government in South Africa.